2017 Steam & Ale Trail Update

Event dates: Saturday 10th June and Sunday 11th June

This event is the brother of our hugely popular Beer and Music Festival which takes place every October. For this event, however, we do things a little differently – the Steam and Ale Trail is a 5-mile long ale trail where you can hop off at each station to enjoy a pint of fine Yorkshire ale from a selection of local breweries. So you don’t get thirsty between stations, or if you just fancy a relaxing train ride, our on-train bars will also be in operation serving a rotating selection of both local beers and beers from other parts of the country.

Details have now been published of the format of the event with train timetables, alcoholic drink lists, station activities and entertainment all now available on the Steam & Ale Trail event page of the website.



Locomotive Roster for Weekend 27th & 28th May and Half Term Week 2017

Over the May half-term week, it is planned to have a 3 engine line up with BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 taking the lion’s share of the work, operating on 5 days. On Sunday and Monday Bank Holiday, 75078 will be joined by USA S160 2-8-0 5820.

MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 will be at the head of the passenger service in operation on the Tuesday – Friday weekday service but will be joined by 75078 when Paw Patrol’s Chase and Marshall will be visiting the Railway as a half term treat for our younger patrons.

In addition, it is a Diesel & Ale Day on Saturday with Class 25 059 providing the diesel service throughout the day.

The daily line-up will be as follows

♦  Saturday 27th – 25 059 & 75078
♦  Sunday and Monday – 75078 & 5820
♦  Tuesday – 43924
♦  Wednesday and Thursday – 75078 & 43924
♦  Friday – 43924

And don’t forget, every day Tuesday – Friday, a Vintage Bus service, free to Rover ticket holders, will be operating between Oxenhope and Haworth giving unrivalled views across the Worth Valley. If the weather is warm and bright an open top double decker may be provided for this service.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

‘Flying Scotsman’ – 9 Days on the KWVR

Almost 400 images have been gratefully received and have been whittled down to just under 200 representing a cross section of styles, views and locations, cataloguing Saturday 1st – Sunday 9th April, 9 amazing and never to be forgotten days with the most famous locomotive in the world 60103, ‘Flying Scotsman’.

To see the superb complete collection of photographs, sent to us by countless photographs who attended during the week, visit the  “Flying Scotsman on the KWVR” photograph album on Flickr.

We showcase below just a small collection of those being displayed in the album plus two of many videos on YouTube.

In addition to photographs there has been some excellent footage posted on YouTube, with these two from Steaming Around Yorkshire and Penny Steam just a sample of what is available on the YouTube channel.

For all the images collected of the Oxenhope to Carlisle Special visit our Flickr page.

Locomotive Roster for 2017 ‘Haworth 1940s’ Weekend

With the Haworth 1940s Weekend stretching over 3 days, steam service trains will be running everyday with 3 steam locomotives that saw service in the war years plus some mainline diesel action on Saturday and Sunday morning.

On the roster for the whole weekend’s operation is WD 2-8-0 90733, a locomotive built specifically as part of the war effort, and saw service in mainland Europe before cessation of hostilities.

On Saturday 90733 is joined by our second locomotive built for the hostilities, USATC S160 2-8-0 5820, built in the USA to the British loading gauge but shipped directly to Poland in 1945, from where it was purchased in 1977. The 3rd steam engine in action will be 4F 0-6-0 43924, built in 1920 by the Midland Railway which had already “clocked” up many miles after 19 years service when war broke out in Europe.

Starting with the 11.00 departure from Keighley these 3 locomotives will work turn and turn about giving a variety of motive power on departures from Keighley. Of particular interest to enthusiasts will be the 17.45, the last passenger working of the day from Keighley when 90733 will double head with train engine 5820. The last departure from Keighley will be the 18.25 ECS working to Oxenhope.

Class 101 DMU will be on the early morning diesel service on Friday when the Green timetable is in operation. On Saturday and Sunday the first and third departures from Keighley and the second from Oxenhope will be diesel hauled stock with BR Type 2 diesel electric locomotive number 25 059 in charge.

And don’t forget, mid-week, the Diesel Railcar Service that operates on Wednesday.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the Times & Fares page of the website.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 13th & 14th May 2017

Another weekend of “normal” running with no special trains and the standard Green timetable on Saturday and Blue timetable on Sunday.

The mainstay of this weekend’s steam service will be BR Standard 4 4-6-0 75078, the first steam service on Saturday departing Oxenhope at 11.00 for 5 round trips to Keighley. On Sunday 75078 will be joined on Sunday by MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 with passenger services starting at 10.15.

The Saturday diesel turn and the Wednesday diesel railcar service (which returns next week) will have our Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit running the services with the first train leaving Oxenhope at 09.00 on Saturday and 10.00 on Wednesday

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Little Engines Gala – Visiting Engine

With only nine weeks to go until our brand new “Little Engines Gala” we are delighted to announce our first visiting locomotive, ‘Austerity’ 0-6-0ST 71515 ‘Mech Navvies Ltd.’ courtesy of the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway (PBR). This type of engine featured in the early days of the KWVR with two examples of the class operational during the early years, Longmoor Military Railway no. 118 ‘Brussels’, now resident in Oxenhope Exhibition Shed and ‘Fred’, an ex-National Coal Board engine which left the Railway many years ago.

71515 was commissioned by the War Department in 1945 from Robert Stevenson and Hawthorns as WD71515, but, with WW2 drawing to a close, was quickly put to work at the Swalwell Disposal Point in what was then County Durham, the modern day Tyne & Wear. At the time, the opencast disposal point was worked by Mechanical Navvies Limited, and it is in that company’s livery that the loco now appears.

It was taken into preservation by 1974 to the East Somerset Railway, where shortly after arrival she was liveried in BR black with the BR number 68005 in line with the J94 locomotives that ran on the national railway system, although 71515 never ran in BR service.

By 1995 71515 ran at the Bolton and Embsay Railway, still in BR black and where she was nicknamed ‘The Mog’. Although overhauled in 2004, a burst boiler tube two years later put paid to her active service and was laid aside.

Three years later, following interest shown by a PBR member, 71515 was purchased in August 2009, and in the following month, taken to the Flour Mill works in the Forest of Dean for repair, being repainted into Mech Navvies livery in the process. Arriving at the PBR in April 2010, the engine has worked the majority of services scheduled for steam haulage since.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 6th & 7th May 2017

It has been a busy period for our volunteers over the last month or so, with hardly a respite since the 31st March and throughout April . So it is probably with some relief that we have the next two weekends of “normal” running with no special trains and the standard Green timetable on Saturday and Blue timetable on Sunday.

The mainstay of this weekend’s steam service will be WD 2-8-0 90733, the first steam service on Saturday departing Oxenhope at 11.00 for 5 round trips to Keighley. On Sunday 90733 will be joined on Sunday by BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078 with passenger services starting at 10.15

The Saturday diesel turn will have our Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit running the service with the first train leaving Oxenhope at 09.00.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Due to engineering works next week there will be no mid-week diesel railcar service on the 10th May.

‘Flying Scotsman’ Oxenhope – Carlisle photo gallery

Celebrating the re-opening of the Settle to Carlisle Railway and 150 years of the opening of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, the Oxenhope – Carlisle charter with ‘Flying Scotsman’ was a day to savour for passengers, volunteers and staff. We are delighted to present our selection of photographs and videos taken of this historic train.

Over 50 images have been collected together and combined into an album of photographs in a specially dedicated gallery on our Flickr page. To see the superb complete collection photographs visit the  “31st March 2017 Settle & Carlise Re-opening Special” photograph album on Flickr.

In addition there are many videos on YouTube, two of which are featured below and also a clip from ITVs Calendar local news program that had our charter feature prominently on that night’s broadcast.

By news@kwvr Posted in KWVR

Locomotive Roster for Bank Holiday Weekend 29th & 30th April and 1st May 2017

No sooner has Easter passed and another holiday period starts with a 3 day full 2 train service Saturday – Monday. The weekend starts with a modified Green timetable on Saturday with a full line all day mainline diesel hauled service commencing at 09.00. This service, the first of our mainline diesel hauled days, will be in the hands of BR English Electric Class 37 locomotive 37 075. At the head of the steam hauled passenger train will be WD 2-8-0 90733.

On Sunday the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race passes up the Valley and we are operating a special all steam timetable starting at 09.30, continuing throughout the day. 90733 will be joined by BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078 for the Sunday services and on Monday when the Blue timetable will operate.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

KWVR Press Release

Ricard Jones, currently Operations Officer at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway and a former General Manager of both the Swanage and Bodmin & Wenford heritage railways, has been appointed to the new post of Head of Operating at the West Somerset Railway (WSR).

Richard – who has been actively involved in the heritage railway movement since 1973, and celebrates 40 years as a volunteer at the WSR this year – starts his new role from 1 June.

The newly-created role of Head of Operating completes a review of its senior management structure by the WSR plc Board, which has seen previous appointments made to similar posts with overall responsibility for Customer Services, Mechanical Engineering, Infrastructure and Finance. As Head of Operating, Richard will be responsible for providing leadership and a strategic review and overview to the work of the Operating Department, and for managing all the operational workforce of around 200, some paid staff but the majority of whom are volunteers.

Richard, who has a strong railway background in both the heritage railway movement and on the national railway network, started as a volunteer at the (then) Dart Valley Railway in 1973, aged 13, and has been actively involved with the West Somerset Railway since 1977.

He is a former Director of both the West Somerset Railway plc and West Somerset Railway Association, and has had two spells as Editor of the WSR Journal, and was previously employed by the WSR as Project Manager (New Works) from 2006-08. For several years he was also the Chairman of the WSR’s Special Events Planning Team, responsible for co-ordinating the team in planning and staging the hugely successful programme of galas that are a feature of the Railway’s calendar. He is also a steam and diesel locomotive, and diesel multiple unit, driver on the WSR.

Prior to becoming a full-time railwayman – where he also served as a Driver and Guard with Virgin Trains and FM Rail – Richard spent nearly eighteen years in the teaching profession, latterly in senior management roles. As part of his current operating responsibilities at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, Richard is qualified as a Responsible Officer and Signalman.

Richard explained: “Whilst it is with some sadness that I will be leaving the KWVR, where I have thoroughly enjoyed my operations role and time there, and have made many friends, I am absolutely delighted to be joining the West Somerset Railway as its new Head of Operating. I am excited by the opportunities presented by new role, and there is much to do, but I am really looking forward to the challenge. I know the WSR well – like the KWVR, it is an excellent heritage railway with a unique and special atmosphere.”

“Richard brought a wide range of skills to the KWVR, applying experience and intelligence to his role,” comments Ross Graham, Chairman of the Keighley & Worth Valley Light Railway Limited. “We can understand the reasons for his departure but will be sorry to him leave. I am confident that he will prove to be a great asset to the WSR, a railway to which he has a great attachment, and we all wish him every success at the WSR.”

Paul Conibeare, General Manager of the West Somerset Railway, says: “I am looking forward to Richard joining our Senior Management Team. We had a strong field of applicants for this important new role, but it was the unanimous decision of the interview panel to offer Richard the post. Given his skills and experience, we are confident he will build on the strengths of our Operating Department, and provide a robust and sustainable team to help deliver the ever-growing needs of England’s Longest Heritage Railway.”

Great Northern Outpost Volume 2: The Halifax, Thornton & Keighley Railway

Now in stock at our Book Shop at Haworth Station, Volume 2 of Great Northern Outpost covers the Halifax, Thornton & Keighley Railway, which of course includes our own Keighley Station and the line from Keighley to Halifax and Bradford via Queensbury.

This new companion volume provides full colour coverage of the Halifax, Thornton and Keighley Railway for the first time. The Halifax & Ovenden and the Halifax High Level Railway, a later addition to the local network, are also featured. Much of the information presented in the book and the vast majority of the images have never been published previously.

Order your copy now by a simple phone call. Ring the SALES HOTLINE on 01535 640464 (11.00 to 16.00 Monday – Friday) or e-mail shop@kwvr.co.uk

Continue reading

Civil Matters – Steady Winter and the Year Ahead

We are delighted to once again publish a report from James Barlow on the activities of the Civil Engineering Department and what lies ahead in this respect for the rest of the year. But first we start with an apology to James. Readers will have noticed that we have had a visit from a big green engine which has taken up a considerable amount of time, the result of which James’ article got shunted into the Civil Siding. It gives us great pleasure to now reproduce another of his superb articles. Continue reading

Locomotive Roster for Week 18th – 21st and weekend 22nd & 23rd April 2107

With Easter weekend running completed we return to the pink timetable during the week and our winter green and blue timetables in operation at the weekend. All steam turns during the week and at the weekend will be in the hands of BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078.

The Saturday diesel turn and the first 2 on Sunday will have our Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit running the service. On Sunday, after 2 round trips, the DMU gives way to English Electric 0-6-0 D0226 which will haul a short passenger train of suburban coaches for the remainder of the day.

Happy 150th Birthday KWVR – 13th April 1867

Today marks the exact 150th anniversary of the opening of the original KWVR – Worth Remembering.

Our stations at Oakworth, Haworth and Oxenhope are now each 150 years old, although they were all extended in the period 1890 to 1910. You can see the original parts which are characterised by the round topped windows.

We are delighted to showcase some wonderful and evocative images from The Keighley Historical Archive, who have amassed a wonderful collection of images of the area from years gone by, and our own archivist, Paul Brunt.

The early trains were operated by the Midland Railway using 0-6-0 Well Tanks. These were all originally built as tender locomotives, but hurriedly rebuilt to tank locomotives, suitable (the MR hoped!) for the KWVR. They turned out to be low on water capacity and were replaced within a few years. The MR locomotive department had not been told by the operators that the line was approaching readiness in the autumn of 1866 so the opening was delayed whilst locomotives were hurriedly rebuilt in readiness.

76 & 96 were ready by March 1867 and one of these hauled the opening train but we do not know which. Later, in November 1867 179 and 198 arrived, and finally 216 in December. All except 96 were rebuilt back to tender locomotives; 179 in November 1881, 76 in October 1879, 198 in December 1871 and 216 in August 1881. The coaches were four wheeled, not dissimilar to the Great Central coach in the Carriage Museum at Ingrow.

It is also worth recording that Keighley station had been open for 20 years in 1867 (opening in March 1847). The original Keighley station was a temporary wooden affair and we do not know when the permanent stone built station in the ‘Leeds & Bradford Railway’s Jacobethan’ style actually opened. But it was certainly in business in mid 1848 when two of the Bronte sisters started their rail journey there for London to reveal their true identities to their publishers. Before then, they were known as Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell and most people thought that they were male.

Keighley station was built by the Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway as a through route to Skipton and on to Colne where it met up with the East Lancashire Railway. The final section to Colne opened in September 1848, and this included a station at Foulridge which was the predecessor of a later building, subsequently moved to Ingrow on the KWVR in 1989. A new station at Keighley replaced the L & B building in the early 1880s.

Science Stars – Junior Science Club

Starting on 13th May at RAIL STORY, Ingrow West station, Science Stars Science Club will introduce children to the wonders of science in a fun and highly imaginative, inspiring environment. Our sessions are crammed full of exciting science experiments that are practical and exciting as well as educational and intuitive.

Science Stars meets alternate Saturdays to enable young people between the ages of 8 and 13 to carry out crazy experiments in a unique heritage railway environment.

Places are limited so you must book by phone or email in advance giving your child’s name, age and contact phone number.

To book your place or for more information contact Deborah Cross on 07825 632123 or email deborah.cross@ingrowloco.com.

Dates: 13th & 27th May, 10th & 24th June and 8th & 22nd July 2017

What Time?: 10:00 — 12:00

Age: 8 – 13

Cost?: £3.00 per session

Where?: The Learning Coach, Ingrow West Station, South Street, Keighley, BD21 5AX

Locomotive Roster for Week 10th – 16th & 17th April 2017

What a week we had with our Pacific visitor 60103 ‘Flying Scotsman’ and judging by all the happy faces on both the passengers and the staff it is fair to say a good time was had by all. BUT, now all the excitement is over with the LNER guest, it is back to normal and over this week and into the Easter weekend, 3 steam locomotives will be in operation.

Weekday Service – BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078
Good Friday – Easter Monday, fresh from banking duties to the ‘Flying Scotsman’ WD 2-8-0 90733 will be on the main service set and USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 will be hauling a service set plus Pullman cars, Anne and Mary, and the kitchen car.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Oxenhope – Carlisle 1st Pictures

Celebrating the re-opening of the Settle to Carlisle Railway and 150 years of the opening of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, here we present just the first submissions of what we expect to be a deluge of photographs taken of this historic train, plus a couple of videos. Just click below to take you to the KWVR Website page for the first images of this historic event.

Timetable for 3rd – 9th April

The timetable published on the website is the public timetable in operation over the period 3rd – 9th April showing only those trains for which the public can turn up on the day and travel behind one of our own fleet of locomotives. All seats to travel behind the Flying Scotsman are sold and no seats will be sold on the day.

In order that photographs can take advantage of 60103’s visit, follow this link to download a PDF version of the full timetable in operation each day – Flying Scotsman Timetable

We remind you, once again, that we have staff patrolling the full length of the branchline and to be lineside you need to have with you the special Hi-Viz Flying Scotsman vest, an accompanying letter and your annual lineside permit with photo ID which must correspond with the permit number to that shown in the letter.

60103 and support coach arrived safely on the Railway last night as these images at Keighley testify before being towed to Haworth by diesel locomotive 25 059

This will be a very special occasion for the KWVR and we look forward to receiving your photographs. Please send them to news@kwvr.co.uk

Locomotive Allocation for Flying Scotsman Week

After all the planning, hours of midnight oil burning and the odd heart flutter, the long awaited arrival of ‘Flying Scotsman’ is only a few hours away.

With 2 steam locomotives and the diesel multiple unit operating all day over the weekend plus 3 locomotives in steam from Monday right through to the following Sunday, these are exciting times indeed. 60103 arrives on Wednesday 29th March and the first excursion from Oxenhope for many years takes place on Friday, when Flying Scotsman leaves Oxenhope at 08.30 for Carlisle.

Locomotive allocation 1st – 9th April

1st & 2nd April
Steam: WD 2-8-0 90733 & BR Standard Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078
Diesel: Class 101 diesel multiple unit on Keighley – Ingrow Shuttle

3rd – 7th April
Steam: BR (LNER ) A3 4-6-2 60103 Flying Scotsman (Oxenhope end) plus WD 2-8-0 90733 (Keighley end) and MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 on the ‘relief’ set

9th & 10th April
Steam: BR (LNER ) A3 4-6-2 60103 Flying Scotsman (Oxenhope end) plus WD 2-8-0 90733 (Keighley end) and BR Standard Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 on the ‘relief’ set

Steam Line-Up 1st – 9th April


3rd – 9th April
Diesel: There are no diesel services during this time

Passenger Train Banking

Under normal operating conditions the banking of passenger trains by a steam locomotive is not permitted. In the past when passenger services have been top and tailed by a steam engine the “banking” engine is towed and gives no assistance. As most will know, Flying Scotsman is not an ideal engine for a twisting 5 mile branchline with severe gradients on tight curves and tight turnouts.

Some have asked questions about the easing of the branch axle loading to allow ‘Scotsman’ to operate on the line. 60103 exceeds the permitted axle load for the KWVR and is not permitted to pass over a curve of less than 6 chains radius. Its operation has been authorised subject to a number of special restrictions, in particular, 60103 will be limited to 20 mph and must not slip when passing over 4 of our bridges as slipping may damage the bridges in question.

To minimise the risk of slipping the train, which will consist of 8 coaches (including 2 Pullman coaches), will be banked in the rear by our own locomotive and should result in some spectacular departures from Keighley.

Working hard, 90733 gives rear assistance , non-stop through Ingrow. Banking trial 4th February, 90733 gives rear assistance non-stop through Ingrow.

Lineside Photography

On the 31st March for the departure of the railtour and for the normal steam hauled services on the 1st & 2nd April, photographers wishing to photograph from the lineside must carry a valid KWVR Photo Permit AND their KWVR membership card.

During 60103’s week of operation on the branch, 3rd – 9th April only those carrying their Annual Photo Permit, Flying Scotsman letter of authorisation AND wearing the special Flying Scotsman Hi-Viz vest will be allowed trackside.

Normal access restrictions as detailed in the Photographer’s Personal Safety Handbook will apply but there will be strict policing of the lineside during the period 31st March – 9th April and anyone NOT carrying ALL the necessary documentation will be evicted from the Railway’s land.

In addition we ask in particular that all permit-holders and members of the public respect our land boundaries and do not trespass on any private land.   If you do have permission from land owners to take photographs from their land, then we would recommend having written authority from them with you to avoid being challenged during the event.

We ask that you assist us during the event by alerting a member of Railway staff or, once you are in a position of safety, by calling the office on 01535 645214 if you see anyone not wearing the special clothing and/or trespassing on private land.

‘Flying Scotsman’ Seats Available 4th April

If you were too late in making a booking to travel behind the ‘Flying Scotsman’, then you may in luck.

Due to the cancellation of a group booking we now have standard class seats available on the 15.05 from Haworth on Tuesday 4th April. There are sufficient seats available even for a large party, so why not invite family and friends to a great day out on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, being pulled through the beautiful Worth Valley from Keighley to Oxenhope by the world’s most famous locomotive.

If you are interested, please call the Haworth office on 01535 645214 between 09.30 and 16.30. For pricing information and all the details of ‘Flying Scotsman’s week on the KWVR follow this link  KWVR website page.